How Your Privacy Is Being Violated, and How to Protect Yourself

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People have given up on Internet privacy. According to a Pew Research Center study done in 2013, almost 60 percent of users polled believe you can’t remain anonymous on the Internet.

“People would like control over their information. In many cases it is very important to them that only they or the people they authorize should be given access to such things as the content of their emails, the people to whom they are sending emails, the place where they are when they are online, and the content of the files they download,” Pew said in the report.

People have become so frustrated with these reports on corporate and government tracking that most have become apathetic. When approached with questions on how they feel about Internet spies, the common response is “I’ve got nothing to hide, so why should I care?” But a teenager in Minneapolis had nothing to hide until she got pregnant.

The teenager in Minneapolis wasn’t outed by her growing baby bump–it was Target. The father of the teenage girl had found baby coupons addressed to his daughter sent to their house from the department store. Outraged, he thought the retailer was trying to encourage his daughter to get pregnant, but he later found out that Target knew his daughter was pregnant before he did, and the company knew based on her purchasing habits.